Cheers Pat (updated and official)

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks on 11 Sep 2017 at 11:38
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This has yet to be confirmed by either body, but there is strong speculation this morning that the Sharks and SA Rugby will make an announcement later regarding Pat Lambie.

Media outlets (including the Mercury via Mike Greenaway) seem confident that the Boks and Sharks will both confirm agreeing to early termination of the player’s contracts with them – making him a free agent to take up a big-money deal with Racing 92 in Paris.

Lambie, who has hardly played rugby for the Sharks in three years due to injury, will be released to move to a different environment in the hope that it revitalises his career. We wish him well for the future.

Cheers Pat – we’ll never forget 2010.

UPDATE: The Sharks have issued the following official release:


Durban, 12th September 2017: The Sharks confirm the departure of Springbok and Cell C Sharks flyhalf, Patrick Lambie, who has requested a release from his contract to pursue a three-year contract with Racing 92 in France.

KZN born Patrick fulfilled a life-long dream when he made his debut for The Sharks back in 2009. With close on 100 caps for the Cell C Sharks and 56 international caps for South Africa, he has always been a consummate professional and an asset to the South African Rugby fraternity.

Unfortunately injuries have plagued this talented player, who has had to sit out for lengthy periods as a result. His recent injury forced him to reconsider his current playing future and together with his wife, they made the tough decision to move away from home for a few years.

Commenting on his departure, Cell C Sharks Head Coach Robert du Preez said: “Pat will always be regarded as an exceptional player who has served the Cell C Sharks and the Springboks with distinction. He is a strong leader and a fierce competitor that always sets a great example.

“It is sad to say goodbye to a great player that embodies our values and who was a wonderful ambassador for our brand. We respect his decision and thank him for his dedication and loyalty over the years. He will be missed.”

Patrick Lambie added: “Playing for the team that I’ve supported all my life has been a dream come true and an absolute honour.

“The decision to leave a place that will always remain home was not an easy one; however after having a number of set-backs over the last few years, the thinking was to break the cycle and to go experience something different in a new environment. I would like to thank The Sharks and SA Rugby for their understanding and support. I would also like to thank all the people that have shown their love and support for me throughout my career so far.

“I have loved my time at The Sharks, and I leave with extremely fond memories. This is a fresh start for Kate and I though, and we look forward to a change of scenery and an exciting new adventure in our lives. I would love to return home one day and potentially finish off my playing days by running out onto Growthpoint KINGS PARK a few more times.”

Naturally, there will be questions relating to Pat’s health and The Sharks Team Doctor, Alan Kourie has stated the following: “Patrick is fully recovered from his concussion sustained in May this year and has been for some time now. He has been training symptom free for the last two months while also enjoying activities he loves outside of the rugby setting, like golf and surfing.

“Our suggested time off for him to recover was between 3-6 months and he currently sits nicely in the middle of that period. Most importantly he is in a great mental space and he looks forward to playing rugby again, at the highest level.”

The Sharks wish Pat and Kate the very best for this new chapter they are embarking on. Pat remains a proud son of KZN and he departs with our blessing and good wishes.



  • It is sad for all but most likely the best thing for him as a player.
    Get some game overseas come back a stronger player.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.09.17 11:42:07 by Dunx Reply
  • Sad but we all knew it was coming.. Good Luck Pat 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.09.17 11:45:20 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply
  • Sad day that player as great as this never reached his full potential.
    Probably the most talented rugby player this province has produced, and a real gentleman.
    Wont see his like again in a hurry,

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.09.17 12:16:09 by The hound Reply
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  • I blame saru for this. Rushing players back from injury and not being 100:% . After his first concussion he shouldive took a year out of rugby

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.09.17 12:43:10 by Darius de Lange Reply

  • One of my all time favourites. Good luck, Pat. You’ll be missed. All the best in France.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.09.17 14:03:35 by StevieS Reply
  • Surely Racing should pay some form of transfer fee?

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.09.17 14:06:19 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 6) : I hope so, I wonder if insurance picked up the tab on pat’s salary all the time he was out injured long term.

    love the guy though, but this game is unforgiving, doesnt mean we wont see him play for the sharks again, his still relatively young.

    Good luck Pat. And thank you for your service to sharks rugby.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.09.17 14:24:33 by revolverocelot Reply

  • May not have played a lot for us in three years but every game he played he put himself unreservedly on the line for his team. This is how every sharks member should strive to be. Good luck Pat. I will still support you whatever team you play for.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.09.17 15:08:46 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 8) : Yes, that is the sad truth. Think the last time I read it was something like 16 Super rugby matches in the last 4 seasons. So an average of 4 per Super Rugby season. As good a player as he is, that is just a liability to the team. Not his fault.

    See on a Facebook page someone is buying Goosen’s Racing contract. Only Montpellier has the 23 million that they would seek!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.09.17 15:20:46 by KingCheetah Reply

  • Sad end to his time here, but I wish him the best. Just hope that he is extra careful with any knocks from here on.

    I also think it’s best for the Sharks to move on. We need to invest seriously in the likes of Bosch now.

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.09.17 16:03:27 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 9) :
    Goosen is too talented to not play. He pulled a rubbish move but he can make amends.

    I still suspect that he could be a fantastic 15 for the Boks.

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.09.17 16:04:51 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 9) : just throwing it out there…. maybe Sharks and Racing agreed on a mutual release of players thus swapping Pat for Goosen!?!?!?!?

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.09.17 16:16:12 by JD Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) : True BF, and like Pat he was shunted back into the fray too soon, after a serious injury. That set him back a few years too.
    He also excelled at 13 for Racing. Very good utility option.

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.09.17 16:18:36 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) : ja must say think his agent or whom ever dreamed up that whole thing should be shot as it could still end his career!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.09.17 16:18:48 by JD Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) : If we can teach Inny to tackle and Ben10 to kick, we need not invest that much in Bosch. The kid is talented, but really feel he was hyped up too much.

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.09.17 17:38:08 by jdolivier Reply

  • All I can say is: Thank you, Pat, and good luck. We wish you everything of the best!

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.09.17 18:01:49 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @jdolivier (Comment 15) : I don’t agree…but we’ll see…

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.09.17 18:02:15 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 14) : same agent that reps the du Preez twins, so we need to be careful what we wish for. Or not 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.09.17 18:39:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @jdolivier (Comment 15) : give the three of them a chance. All three is still young and even though Inny and Bosch is small they’re willing to try and tackle. Kicking is practice and confidence so give Ben10 game time and I’m sure it will improve.

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.09.17 18:49:32 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : personally I think that when the contract extension was signed all that they looked at was the € and not the players playing future. But hey that’s how I feel and I represent no athlete so does my opinion really matter?! 😎

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.09.17 19:00:02 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 9) : How the hell is SA rugby supposed to compete with that sort of buying power? I tell you if rugby dies out as a sport it will be because of this.

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.09.17 19:46:16 by coolfusion Reply

  • @JD (Comment 19) : I really like Inny and Ben10, probably the only sharks supporter that doesn’t rate Bosch, to me he is morne steyn Jr, he kicks well………

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.09.17 20:27:44 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 22) : 😯 Sjoe…

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.09.17 21:02:34 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 23) : Luckily it’s an opinion, we’re all entitled to ours. Hopefully I get to eat humble pie when he proves me wrong, just haven’t seen it yet

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.09.17 21:04:05 by jdolivier Reply

  • You all seem to forget April, I must say that I really like Garth April as a player.

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.09.17 08:53:21 by Bump Reply

  • @Bump (Comment 25) : @Bump (Comment 25) : I love him, and hate him usually in the same movement.He is one of the most exciting and frustrating players to watch live,
    Just wish we could get Frans Steyn back or even bigger wish that Carlos Spencer is turning Etienne Esterhuizen into a world class 10.

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.09.17 09:01:47 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 26) : Etienne Esterhuizen?

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.09.17 10:04:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob du Preez Jnr also in the mix next year. Suppose he will be used at 10 and 12. He will really need to perform to justify his inclusion in the starting 15, but I hope he can make an impact at Durban

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.09.17 10:06:28 by HeinF Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 21) : True story Bud, that is the strength (or not) of the rand. We simply can’t compete, so we will be left with those players with bok aspirations, or those that haven’t yet received an offer from European clubs. Scary to see how many good SA players are playing in Europe. Just in two Pro 14 matches, the Cheetahs faced Marcel Coetzee, Jean Dessel, Wiehan Herbst, Jean Klein and Lions Ludik. The Ulster hooker was also SA born. All those players would walk into most Super Rugby squads.

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.09.17 10:33:14 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @kingcheetah. Players are leaving SA for overseas straight from school nowadays. Even club rugby players prefer to try play overseas in weaker leagues. Strange but true….

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.09.17 11:16:04 by sharksboy Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 24) :
    Absolutely spot on. We are free to differ.

    Personally I think that Bosch is the kind of rare talent that we last had here in Frans Steyn. My hope is that we bring the best out of this guy, because he is world class.

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.09.17 11:18:59 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 13) :
    I’m not surprised – not a helluva lot diffetent between 13 and 15 other than the kicking and catching. He has the pace and flair.

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.09.17 11:20:56 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Cheers Pat, special player. May you have many, many hours of injury free rugby. All the best.

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.09.17 11:56:06 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • i see the Sharks have confirmed the departure. All the best Patrick…thanks for the memories…hope to see you playing again soon. With over 50 caps he is stil elligible for the Boks…

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.09.17 12:08:49 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 34) : Yeah it has now been confirmed. Interesting how supersport announces it first. But then again they do own a large share in the Sharks

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.09.17 12:32:54 by Dunx Reply

  • Thank you Pat and best of luck at Racing

  • Comment 36, posted at 12.09.17 13:07:47 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @jdolivier (Comment 22) : Wow boet. Harsh. I mean isn’t there anyone else but steyn to compare him to? He is a day and night contrast to steyn in my opinion. Biggest and most obvious difference, you would have to cut this kid’s legs off to stop him running and attacking which steyn never did. Yes he has some rough edges, defence being a big one and strategic kicking (small). But other than that he ticks all the boxes of an exciting attacking flyhalf and utility.

  • Comment 37, posted at 12.09.17 15:27:09 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 32) : Good news for us is that bosch could in a pinch do the same thing.

  • Comment 38, posted at 12.09.17 15:28:40 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 37) : Bud, I get that a person can not be everything to everyone, not saying he is useless, but even Lambie playing 4 games a season had more linebreaks and running metres, Bosch in my opinion is better suited at fullback. We have Ben 10, Inny radebe, rdp Jr and April that can perform well at 10.

  • Comment 39, posted at 12.09.17 15:55:18 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 31) : Frans is a freak of nature, wish we had 8 more of him coming through the ranks

  • Comment 40, posted at 12.09.17 15:56:07 by jdolivier Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : Easy mistake,Andre ,Etienne,bet I am not the first to make that one.
    I was very excited to read that Carlos had him playing at 10 in Japan,and think that if it comes off he could be the answer for the Sharks and the Boks.

  • Comment 41, posted at 12.09.17 21:01:55 by The hound Reply
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  • Interesting statement from Alistair Coetzee about Pat: “He has been loyal to the Springboks and has done very well for his country. It is a big loss for us but we want to wish him well with the next chapter of his career. However, having played 56 Tests for the Springboks already, he is still eligible for future selection.”

    So we may very well see Pat turn out for the Boks while contracted with Racing 92 (whatever happened to Racing Metro?).

  • Comment 42, posted at 12.09.17 21:36:47 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 41) : Well I am glad to hear that, even if we play Andre at 12 where he has always played, but him playing 10 there would greatly enhance his skill level in every way, in my view a 10 / 12 should be able to cover each others positions and have the game reading and distribution skills, Andre does have a big boot but not always the most accurate but that can be worked on.

  • Comment 43, posted at 12.09.17 22:21:46 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 43) : his defense in the 9/10 channel is what turns my lights on, haven’t had that since Lem.

  • Comment 44, posted at 13.09.17 07:41:33 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 41) : I did not realise he was playing at 10- is he mostly playing there or just the odd game? Playing at 10 is an interesting one…15 i would have figured but at 10 he is reqired to make decisions and distribute etc which only enhance his all round game.

  • Comment 45, posted at 13.09.17 08:13:25 by SheldonK Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 41) :
    You are either a starry-eyed optimist or a true visionary with regard to Esterhuizen at 10 for the Boks!

  • Comment 46, posted at 13.09.17 11:44:29 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 26) : @robdylan (Comment 27) : maybe new Sharks signing!? 😈

  • Comment 47, posted at 13.09.17 11:45:03 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 37) : don’t forget when MS first started at the Bulls he was behind “liefling”. The main reason for this was that he’s kicking game was not good enough for Bulls rugby. He was seen as a running flyhalf and the Bulls coached it out of him turning him into the current version. So personally I don’t think it’s all that bad if people compare Bosch to MS .

  • Comment 48, posted at 13.09.17 11:56:25 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 48) : And the voice of reason strikes again.

  • Comment 49, posted at 13.09.17 12:58:30 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 46) : Ithought you of all people would have guessed by now that I am the three eyed raven.

  • Comment 50, posted at 13.09.17 14:18:50 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 50) : And here we all thought you were a foul-mouthed sourpuss who had issues with fires and brothers

  • Comment 51, posted at 13.09.17 14:25:07 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @The hound (Comment 50) :
    @Bokhoring (Comment 51) :

  • Comment 52, posted at 13.09.17 15:04:57 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 48) : Problem is we only remember the latter day Morne.

  • Comment 53, posted at 13.09.17 15:37:20 by coolfusion Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 49) : hahaha Ja I try! Personally I’m not a huge fan of Bosch now playing for the Bokke at 10. He’s a huge talent but also very “small” if compared to some other players like André and co. Give him time to settle in grown up rugby and he will produce the goods but if he’s throw in the deep end and made to swim he will go the “Gaffie route”!
    Don’t forget he’s only 20 and maybe because I have a daughter that’s also 20 I look at the lad in a different light than others. Give him a year or two to settle before judging how he plays.

  • Comment 54, posted at 13.09.17 15:46:03 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 53) : yes I know and also some may never have seen the first version of MS as they were not born before he was bullised by HM and co. :mrgreen: 😈

  • Comment 55, posted at 13.09.17 15:49:15 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 54) : No disagreement here, might not have conveyed my opinion as clearly as yours. I don’t think he is a bad player. I don’t yet identify with the hype around him. Siya kolisi would be the best example to clarify, he has always been a Superrugby level player, but recently, with time and patience, he has become an irreplaceable asset to the Bokke and stormers. Bosch could do the same given enough time to develop, at 20 we don’t know exactly how he will fill out. Gurthro Steenkamp was still playing flyhalf and center up to 17 years old and 6 months later was the beast of a prop we knew

  • Comment 56, posted at 13.09.17 16:33:38 by jdolivier Reply

  • You will be missed Pat, all the best in France,you deserve it!!

  • Comment 57, posted at 14.09.17 06:51:11 by BarendL Reply
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